Announcing The Startup Angels Telluride Workshop

Discover startup investing this July in Telluride.

Why is now a great time to invest in startups? Where does angel investing fit in the spectrum of capital? What do companies look like at this stage? What are the different ways to invest? What goes into a deal? What can I do to be a good mentor?

Get answers to these important questions and discover your own investing journey at the upcoming Startup Angels Workshop in Telluride. Startup Angels and Telluride Angels will host the workshop on July 21st and 22nd with with support from the Telluride Foundation and the Telluride Venture Accelerator. (more…)

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The 7 Stages of Startup Ecosystems

This is the second part of our interview with Marc Nager of Techstars (read part one here). Marc joined us the other week at AngelSummit Americas in Miami, where he offered a global perspective on startup investing and what communities must do to grow their investor networks.

In part two of our interview, Marc lays out a framework for the 7 stages of startup communities he recognizes around the world. This is a super valuable perspective for everyone who works with startups: whether you’re a community leader, an angel, a corporate executive, or a founder…consider this framework carefully and think through what’s needed to grow your city to the next level.

Over the coming year, Marc and the Techstars team will be expanding on their startup ecosystems framework with the purpose of creating additional resources and perspectives for startup communities of all shapes and sizes. But here’s your sneak peak. (more…)

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10x10KCuba: Call to Innovation for Cuban Entrepreneurs

Hello from AngelSummit Americas! Today we have an exciting announcement — the biggest call to innovation to hit Cuba’s tech sector: 10x10KCuba.

10x10KCuba is the first-ever international startup competition to empower Cuba’s emerging tech entrepreneurs. Leaders at the forefront of Cuba’s growth and development in the entrepreneurial space, such as Cuba Emprende Foundation, CIC Miami, Mano Americas and #CubaNow, have teamed up with well-known names in tech including 500 Startups, Techstars, and Stanford’s School of Engineering to develop this unprecedented initiative.

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Brazil: A Playground for Investors, Entrepreneurs and Super Gringoes

According to mainstream fear media, Brazil is a hotbed of viruses:

Waterbourne viruses in Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro, where Olympic athletes are expected to compete this summer;

Zika viruses in mosquitoes stinging expectant mothers and causing birth defects in their babies;

A social media viral campaign infecting 3.2 million citizens who flooded the streets of São Paulo in mid-March, demanding the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff because of her involvement in the “car wash scandal“… (more…)

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Harnessing your city’s angel potential

Marc Nager is the Chief Community Officer of Techstars. Prior to that, he was the CEO and CoFounder of Startup Weekend and UP Global (acquired by Techstars) — organizations that bring change to the lives of entrepreneurs. Marc and his team expanded Startup Weekends to over 150 countries and are still growing. They’ve built a network of thousands of volunteers who support hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs. Marc has both witnessed and fueled the global surge of entrepreneurship.

Marc sat down with us to share some of what he’s learned as part of a two-part series.

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9 Ways to Grow your Angel Investment Community

During Angel Summit Europe, we held an invite-only workshop for startup community leaders from throughout Spain and across the EU region. Over the course of 90 minutes, we brainstormed ways startup communities might collaborate to grow their local angel communities. As one of the workshop facilitators, Gus Moreno, asked, “How can we increase the visibility of our success stories to potential investors on the sideline?” This question was, of course, met with much discussion around the challenges and frustrations startup ecosystems face (we’ll profile these in another post). But there were also a number of great ideas that might help solve some of the challenges facing your investment community. (more…)

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